Category: Health and Education

Health and Education, Policy Updates

H.5399 Sent to Conference Committee

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 24, 2022

After months of protests and objections by health care providers, advocates, and the majority of South Carolinians, the South Carolina Legislature is still pushing to pass H.5399.     On Tuesday, October 18, the Senate voted to “insist” on their version of H.5399. Now the bill will be sent to a conference committee made up of 3

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, News, Policy Updates

Demand South Carolina legislators repeal abortion restrictions! Hearing Scheduled!

by Brandi Ellison on Jun 29, 2022

House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Abortion is meeting on  Thursday, July 7, 2022.  The South Carolina House of Representatives has put together a special Ad Hoc Committee to consider NEW legislation related to the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion. This Committee has set its first meeting date to hear from the public.    This

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WREN Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

by Ann Warner on Jun 24, 2022

WREN denounces the decision issued June 24, 2022 by the United States Supreme Court on the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, overturning Roe v Wade and eliminating the constitutional right to abortion.  This decision is an assault on our health, our dignity, and our rights. It will take time to realize the full

Gender Justice, Health and Education, News

Anti-abortion politicians pass misinformation bill to force providers to lie about medication abortion

by WREN Staff on Apr 27, 2022

SOUTH CAROLINA– Today, anti-abortion politicians in the House voted to pass a new medication abortion misinformation bill (H. 4568). In response, Ann Warner, CEO of the South Carolina Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) has released the following statement: “This bill is the latest in anti-abortion politicians’ attack on our freedoms and health. If it

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Calling All Advocates!

by Advocacy Team on Apr 21, 2022

Take Action TODAY Against Anti-Trans Bills The SC House recently passed H.4608, a bill that would prohibit transgender students from participating in student sports. To categorically deny transgender students the freedom to play alongside their peers is completely at odds with lawmakers’ duties to care for and protect our youth. Click the following link to

Gender Justice, Health and Education

WREN Statement in Support of Pharmacy Access Act

by WREN Staff on Apr 19, 2022

Statement as presented to Subcommittee I Health and Environmental Affairs on April 20, 2022  Thank you, Chairman Hart, and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ashley Lidow and I am the Director of Policy and Government Relations for the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), a nonpartisan, nonprofit

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Pro-Truth SC Coalition Condemns the Fast-Tracking of an Educational Censorship Bill

by SC Pro Truth Coalition on Apr 1, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC— The South Carolina Pro-Truth in Ed Coalition will host a press conference at the African-American History Monument at the statehouse this Saturday, April 2 at 11 AM. Members of the SC House of Representatives have fast-tracked a new committee bill that would censor the teaching of truthful history in SC classrooms without giving